Program: Ethics/ Philosophy
Office : GIG 226
Phone: 613-236-1393, ext.: 2459
Research Activities:Ethics; metaphysics; phenomenology; philosophy of science and mathematics, process philosophy (especially Alfred North Whitehead)
Education:Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, Canada, 1999
M.A. Philosophy, University of Ottawa, Canada, 1993
B.A. Honours Philosophy, University of Ottawa, Canada, 1991
B.Ed. Secondary Education, University of Alberta, Canada, 1988
Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Courses taught:PHI 2181 Human Knowledge
PHI 3183 Moral Philosophy
PHI 4114 Process Metaphysics and God
EPE 6300 Main Ethical Theories
EPE 6301 Military and Peacekeeping Ethics
EPE 6310 Thesis Seminar in Public Ethics
EPE 6350 Governance and Ethics
1. Inference and Persuasion (co-authored) Fernwood Press, 2005, 215 pp.
1. Technology and the Changing Face of Humanity (co-edited with W. Sweet) University of Ottawa Press, 2010, 233 pp.
2. Religion and the Challenges of Science (co-edited with W. Sweet) Ashgate Press, 2007, 235 pp.
3. Husserl and the Sciences: Selected Perspectives University of Ottawa Press, 2004, 230 pp.
4. Husserl and Stein (co-edited with W. Sweet) The Council for Research and Values in Philosophy, Washington, D.C., 2004, 202 pp.
Chapters in Books:
“Do We Need E-Values and E-Virtues? Socrates in the Era of Social Networking”, forthcoming: The Council for Research and Values in Philosophy
“The Indecisive Nature of War: Some Reflections on the Concept of ‘Victory,’” forthcoming in Jalil Roshandel, Nathan Lean (editors), The Moral Psychology of Terrorism: Implications for Security, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
“Back to the Cave: Personal Ethics and Public Moralizing” forthcoming in Hu Yeping (Ed.),
Responsibility Personal and Social: Foundations for Life in a Global Age, The Council for Research and Values in Philosophy.
“PKD: Just Who and How Many Do You Think You Are?”, in Philip K. Dick and Philosophy, Open Court Press, 2011.
“Musing on Music” in Vintage Enthusiams: Essays in Honour John L. Bell, D. Devidi, M. Hallett and Peter J. Clark (eds) Springer 2011, pp. 450-466
“The Changing Faces of War and Humanity” in Technology and the Changing Face of Humanity , University of Ottawa Press, Ed. By R. Feist, C. Beauvais and R. Shukla, pp.45-58.
“Whitehead and McTaggart: Similarities and Differences,” Handbook of Whiteheadean Process Thought, M. Weber (ed.), Frankfurt, Ontos, 2008, pp. 320-343
“Whitehead, God and Relativity,” in Religion and the Challenges of Science, (co-edited by Will Sweet and Richard Feist), Ashgate Press, 2007, pp. 120-132.
Papers in refereed Journals:
“Police Brutality and Human Rights: A Dialogue,” 2010, Science et Esprit, 62, 2-3, pp.373-94, coauthored with Gregory Walters
“Matter: From Evil to Subjectivity,” Maritain Studies, Vol. XXII, 2007, pp. 44-55.
“War and Early Modern Philosophy: Montaigne’s Reactions to France’s Religious Wars” The Journal for Philosophical Practice, Spring 2007, pp.10-25.
“Aquinas and War,” Maritain Studies, Vol. XXII, 2006, pp.55-67, 2006.
“Unnatural Goodness: Moore and Whitehead” The Journal for Philosophical Practice, Fall 2006, pp. 1-14.
Papers in Referred Conference Proceedings
“Information Extraction and National Security,” in Noël Simard, ed., National Ethics Symposium Proceedings, 2004 Saint Paul University Ethics Centre, 2006.
Works in Progress
The Hawk and the Dove: The Interplay between the History of Warfare and Ethics
Preparing a Manuscript Application: Oxford University Press
What is Public Ethics?
Preparing a Manuscript Application: University of Toronto Press
The Nature of Religious Experience (coedited with Dr. R. Shukla)
Preparing a Manuscript Application: Ashgate Publishing
The McTaggart Volume (co-written with Dr. L. Armour)
Preparing a Manuscript Application: Cambridge University Press
"Abandoning the Orthodox Distinction: The Case by Case Just War” under construction for the journal: Canadian Journal of Military Ethics
“Does Ethical Theory Underpin Just War Theory?” under construction for the journal: Philosophy and Public Affairs
“Freeloading and Public Ethics” under construction for the journal: Ethics
“Approaching Whitehead Via Projective Geometry,” under construction for the journal: Process Studies
“Teaching Whitehead’s Ethical Thought to Upper Level Undergraduates,” Under construction for the journal: Teaching Philosophy
“Rethinking McTaggart & Whitehead,” under construction for the journal: Nous.
“Kant and the New Atheists: No Laws without Lawgivers” under construction for the journal: Mind
OCGS Preliminary Report – MA in Public Ethics – Officially approved April 15th, 2011
Papers Read at Conferences
Invited to Ottawa, Canada, November 16th Dominican University College, Ottawa, Canada “Overturning Orthodoxy: The Case by Case Just War” 2012.
Invited to Mumbai, India, June 8th Address to Philosophy Department “War and the History of Philosophy” 2012
Invited to Delhi, India, June 9th Address to Philosophy Department “War and the History of Philosophy” 2012.
Invited to Beijing, China “Do We Need E-Values and E-Virtues? Confucianism, Buddhism and “Socratism” in the Age of Social Media” International Conference on Traditional Values and Virtues and Contemporary Society in a Global Age, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China, 2012.
Invited to Wuhan, China “Defragmenting Education: “Life” as an Organizing Idea,” Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, Dialogue and Cooperation Among Cultures and Civilizations, May 29-30, 2012.
Invited to North Carolina, USA Keynote Speaker -- “The Indecisive Nature of Battle: Montesquieu and Counter-Insurgency,” The Moral Psychology of Terrorism: Implications for Security, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, April 19-20, 2012.
Invited to Washington, DC, USA Participant in Roundtable Discussion: Contemporary Values and Responsibility Catholic University of America September 15, 2011
Invited to Xi’an, China “Building and Maintaining Trust in Cultural Contexts: The Essential Ingredients for Organizational Success,” Philosophy and Culture, Jiatong University, The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Xi’an, China, July 5, 2009.
Invited to Xi’an, China “Citizens and Government: A Particular Canadian Experience with the Notion of ‘Accountability’”, Ethics in Public Administration and Citizen Participation, Jiaton University, School of Public Administration, Xi’an, China, July 6-10, 2009.
Invited to DND: “Ethics and Living,” May 30,2009.
Organized conference at Saint Paul University: Exploring Paul “St. Paul and the Cynics”, April 30, 2009
Organized: Canadian Jacques Maritain Association Conference Society—Politics/Religion and Beyond, October 29-30,2008.
Invited Presentation: Karl Jaspers Society of North America, “Jaspers and Whitehead: Experience as the Source for Philosophical Concepts,” APA Central Division Annual Meeting, Philosophy, Psychology and Psychopathology, Chicago, April 17,2008.
Co-organizer: Canadian Jacques Maritain Association Conference The Nature of Religious Experience, June 2 & 3, 2008, Vancouver “Whitehead’s View of Religious Experience”
Organized: Canadian Jacques Maritain Association Conference Natural Law & Applied Ethics, November 2 & 3, 2007, Ottawa
Organized: Saint Paul University Ethics CentreThe Public Service in the Age of Scrutiny, May 12, 2007 Ottawa
Canadian Jacques Maritain Assocation: The History of Philosophy “Matter: From Evil to Subjectivity,” Oct 12, 13, 2006
International Conference on Weyl: Aix-en-Provence, France, Invited Presentation
December 15—17, 2005 “War and Epistemology: Weyl as a Case Study”
Canadian Jacques Maritain Association: Maritain and Historical Traditions in Philosophy, November 4 and 5, 2005, “Applied Aquinas: Virtue as an Entire Way of Life”
Department of National Defence: Keynote Speaker, DND Ethics and Values Week, “Bringing Ethics to Life”, May 4, 2009.
Public Works and Government Services Canada, March 17, 2008, “Workplace Ethics”
Public Works and Government Services Canada, October 30, 2007, “Ethics and Work”
Real Property (National Capital Region—A division of Public Works and Government Services Canada) February 22, 2007, “Ethics as a Way of Life”
Interview for the Ottawa Citizen, April 12, 2007.